Responsibility for tantalising our ear buds this week came from a somewhat unexpected source (an old favourite of ours in fact) English alternative rock band from London, Suede. Formed back in 1989 and with a early line up which probably made you want to jiz your musical pants these guys hit the limelight with a bang.
Hailed the ”The Best New Band in Britain” in 1992 their self titled debut album went to the top of the charts, became the fastest-selling debut album in almost ten years, won a Mercury Music Prize and kick started the infamous Britpop era (on which so many of our key pieces take inspiration from).
Their follow up Dog Man Star (1994) was considered a masterpiece by music critics worldwide and the hits just kept on coming. Third album ‘Coming Up,’ two years later became their biggest selling album, charting at #1 and producing five (yes five) top ten singles.
Number four ‘Head Music,’ (1999) was equally successful and it was all going so well until ‘A New Morning’ hit the shelves. An addiction to crack and heroine reared it’s ugly head and saw Anderson become a shadow of his former self, arguments followed and the collapse of Nude Records together ultimately led to the groups demise.
But, after much speculation Suede are back! (And in style we might add). The euphoric ‘Barriers’ is a triumphant comeback. A mixture of pounding bass, hooking guitar synths,
A mix of hooky guitars and pounding bass that recalls the Manics (and more than a little bit like U2), nicely-obscure lyrics that reference Greil Marcus (“Aniseed kisses and lipstick traces”) and Brett Anderson’s classic soaring vocals…. We like it, and think you will too.
Another favourite of the week came from Mikky Ekko, ok so the track is a little slower than we’d usually go for but as far as breakthroughs go teaming up with Rihanna (for power ballad ‘Stay’) is pretty fucking epic. We have to say it’s refreshing to see someone sitting in the R&B genre who can a) sing and b) songwrite (Haha back handed compliments are the best). Enjoy
Our prestigious worst release of the week award goes to this musical disaster:
Controversial we know (he was a pretty big deal for some way back…well whenever it was) but we’re guna’ go ahead and say it SEXY is most definitely not back. Just saying.